Fall is here in Rancho Cordova!  It's time to enjoy the crisp weather, the leaves changing colors, and all things Halloween. In this issue, you'll learn about new businesses coming to our City, fun ways to skip the traffic at the end of the work day, free rides on the Rancho CordoVan, our historic Great American Road Trip event, how to ensure you are in-the-know in an emergency, and so much more. We hope you enjoy the October edition of Fresh News!

The Rancho Cordova City Council approved amendments to the Rio Del Oro Specific Plan, the largest land development project in the City, in a Special Meeting in August. These approvals move the project forward to the design and permitting phase, allowing for a ground breaking as early as 2018.

Rio Del Oro covers 3,828 acres on a site bordered by White Rock Road to the north, Sunrise Boulevard to the west, and Douglas Road to the south. The project includes 12,189 residential units, one high school, two middle schools, six elementary schools, 157 acres of commercial development, 90 acres of business park, 269 acres of industrial park, 510 acres of wetland preserve, 121 acres of community parks, 57 acres of neighborhood parks, and 16 miles of trails. 

Click here to learn more about the coming changes.


The City of Rancho Cordova has a new way for you to be notified by phone, text, or email in the event of an emergency in Rancho Cordova and surrounding areas. All it takes is the click of a button and a few simple steps!

Sacramento Alert will enable the City to provide you with critical information in emergency situations, such as severe weather, missing persons, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods, and other natural or human-caused disasters.

Click here to learn more and sign up . There will be a test of the emergency notification system on October 26, 2016, and we are encouraging all residents to sign up before then to see how the system works.
Try Transit Month Kicks Off
As part of Try Transit Month, the Rancho CordoVan will offer free rides during the month of October. The CordoVan serves the neighborhoods of Anatolia, Sunridge Park, Kavala Ranch, and Villages of Zinfandel, as well as the business parks near Zinfandel Drive. The CordoVan also connects with Sacramento RT's light rail system at the Zinfandel Station. Click here to view the CordoVan routes.
Learn more about Try Transit Month
Explore, Search, Discover

Have you ever wanted to read a newspaper article from 1970? Now you can!  The Digital Grapevine Project brings Rancho Cordova history alive - as seen through the pages of The Grapevine Independent, the longstanding hometown newspaper of our City.

With print editions going back to 1968, the digital Grapevine makes it possible to explore, read, and print archived news stories from wherever you are.


Tips to Prepare for the Rainy Season

Fall is here and you can do your part to prepare for a storm by following these safety tips:
Check Storm Drains Near Your Home 
Leaves can clog storm drains and lead to localized flooding. Sweep away leaves that are in the gutter or on top of a storm drain prior to rainfall. If you notice a drain that is filled with debris, call the City of Rancho Cordova at (916) 851-8700 to have it cleaned.
Check Your Trees
California is still in a state of continued drought. Some trees have been severely strained from lack of water, making them especially vulnerable during windy conditions. Remove damaged or weak branches and water your trees to minimize the chances of them falling over in the wind.
Don't Use Pesticides or Herbicides Before Rain
These pollution sources can make their way into a nearby storm drain and harm Rancho Cordova's creeks and the American River.

Updates during a storm will be posted to the City's website, Facebook page, and/or  Twitter page. Follow us to stay informed about locations where you may be able to pick up sandbags. 

Helpful Phone Numbers & After-Hours Emergencies
To report flooding, fallen trees, and other non-life threatening emergencies during a storm, call the City of Rancho Cordova at (916) 851-8700. Service is available during regular business hours and after-hours.
To report a power outage, call SMUD at 
1-888-456-7683 or visit www.smud.org/en/outages and click on "Report an Outage." SMUD provides information on current outages and estimated restoration time via its website at www.smud.org/en/outages and/or on its Twitter page.
If you see downed power lines or hear crackling wires, stay away! To report downed power lines, call 911 and then SMUD at 1-888-456-7683. Keep others away, and avoid contact with anything that may be touching fallen wires.
In case of a life threatening emergency, please call 911. For other tips and information, visit cityofranchocordova.org/storm.

New Safety Mobile Application

Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) has launched a new safety app called Alert SacRT.  The new app offers riders a quick and discreet method for reporting suspicious activity directly to RT Police using a smartphone or tablet. App users can send pictures, text messages, six second videos, and locations of suspicious persons and/or activities.

For those without a smartphone, the app also allows for texting reports of suspicious activities to (916) 318-3330.

New Payment Machines

In September, Sacramento RT started installing 29 new payment machines at light rail stations and Park-Pay-and-Ride stations (Franklin, Meadowview, Florin, Power Inn, Roseville Road, Watt/I-80 West, Watt/I-80). The n ew machines allow riders to purchase both fares and parking passes from the same machine, using a credit or debit card.

There is no change to the daily or monthly fee to park, and parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The new fare vending machines at the Park-Pay-and-Ride stations require customers to enter a license plate number instead of a parking space number. If you have no license plate, enter the last four digits of your VIN (located at the base of the front windshield). 

With both rain and cooler fall temperatures on the way, now is the time to be a tree-mendous person! You can help the Sacramento Tree Foundation by  volunteering at events, planting trees at your home using the  Sacramento Shade program, or looking for parks and schools that could use trees with the  Community Shade program. 

Even with the cooler and wetter weather, our trees still need some attention. 
What's New in Rancho Cordova

dd's Discounts

10347 Folsom Boulevard
Looking for deals on fall styles? dd's Discounts is a part of the Ross Family, so they know all about delivering great deals on clothing, accessories, shoes, home d├ęcor, toys, and much more. Stop by for your shopping fix!

Viva Supermarket
10127 Coloma Road
With a wide variety of fresh produce and goods, a bakery, and imported products from Mexico, Europe and the Middle East, the world is at your table! Viva offers good food at low prices 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mercantile Road Rehabilitation Project Update
The City of Rancho Cordova is currently working on the Mercantile Road Rehabilitation Project. The project includes an asphalt overlay of the road surface, installation of sidewalk curb ramps at intersections, upgrades to the storm drain system, and new street striping. The $1.6 million project is designed to improve road surfaces, driver safety, aesthetics, and flood protection. 

The City's contractor is scheduled to place an asphalt overlay on Mercantile Road from Sunco Drive to Folsom Boulevard on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. Work will be performed between 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. and one-way traffic control will be utilized in an ongoing effort to bring safer and better roads with minimal interference to our businesses. Please contact the Public Works Department at (916) 851-8710 with any questions.
Coming Soon

Sunridge Plaza
Sunrise Boulevard and Douglas Road
Sunridge Plaza will be a 94,500 square foot neighborhood retail center near our new Raley's. The plaza will open in summer 2017.

Bridgeway Square Apartments
Disk Drive and Bridgeway Drive
Bridgeway Square Apartments will be a 199-unit upscale apartment complex near Capital Village. Construction has already begun.

Red Dragon
Capital Village
Red Dragon - Rancho Cordova's newest Chinese restaurant - is coming soon!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on new businesses.

Want to avoid rush hour traffic and have some fun at the end of a long work day? We've come up with a list of things to do that are much more fun than sitting in your car! Here are a few ideas:

Happy Hour
Brookfields Restaurant
11135 Folsom Boulevard
2 - 6 p.m. everyday

11211 Point East Drive
4 - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday

KP Billiards
10947 Olson Drive
4 - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday

Fitness & Athletics
Granite Arch Climbing Center
11335 Folsom Boulevard

Mather Sports Center
3755 Schriever Avenue

Fitness Evolution
2810 Zinfandel Drive

Do you have ideas of fun ways to stay an hour in Rancho Cordova after work?  Send us your suggestions!

Vintage cars, history displays, food trucks, music, and the unveiling of a new monument are all on the schedule when Rancho Cordova celebrates its role in the historic Lincoln Highway on Sunday, October 9th!

You don't have to own a show car to participate in this celebration of the Great American Road Trip, which kicked off in 1914 with the opening of the Lincoln Highway - the first Coast-to-Coast Highway from New York Times Square to San Francisco's Golden Gate.

Join us on October 9th from noon - 4 p.m. at the historic Mills Station Building, 2900 Mather Field Road. Enjoy h istory and family fun, including a vintage car show, historic monument unveiling at 1 p.m., and fascinating history displays upstairs at the historic Mills Station Building. Get a sneak peak at big changes coming to one of Rancho Cordova's few remaining historic buildings. Admission is free and there is something for everyone in the family in this first ever, one-of-a-kind local event!

Click here for more information on how to volunteer at the event, show off your vintage car, and more.

Join the Sacramento Children's Museum on Sunday, October 16th from  10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for Leo's Amazing Race! This is a family-friendly event celebrating the Museum's fifth birthday. Teams of four will compete in 10 different challenges and race against the clock - all for a chance at a $500 cash prize. The museum has teamed up with local businesses to create different team challenges, which will range from eating something unusual to learning a ballroom dance to racing a tricycle.

Leo's Amazing Race has something for everyone! Race participants and spectators alike will also be able to enjoy a family carnival complete with food, games, and prizes. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sackids.org or call (916) 638-7225 x101. 

On Tuesday, October 11th, your Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce is hosting an informative event - Making the Most of Membership (MMM). MMM is an in-depth review of the extraordinary benefits you receive as a member of the Rancho Cordova Chamber.  Over a free continental breakfast and relaxed setting, your chamber staff will share details, how to's, updates, and more on all that is the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce.

Did you know that your membership includes:
  • Free stuff and discounts
  • Networking and referral opportunities
  • Special events and programs
  • Business tools
  • Leadership program
If you have been a member for years or only a few months, there is new information for you! Join us from 8 - 9:30 a.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, for this fun and informative event. Register Here 

There was a time when candidates running for President of the United States would board a train making short stops at towns across the country, giving speeches from the back of the train. The Cordova Community Council and Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce revive that tradition each election year by hosting Campaign Whistlestop at the October Rancho Cordova Luncheon.

The candidates have been invited to give three-minute whistlestop speeches while stumping for your vote. It's fast-paced and informative, and for some local offices, it will be a rare chance to hear what the hopefuls have to say.  The October Rancho Cordova Luncheon is on Friday, October 21st from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. Lunch is $12 for members with reservations, and $20 for non-members and members without registrations.  Register

Get your thrills and chills this month at local Halloween events!

Fright Night Fridays - every Friday in October, 7 - 10 p.m.
The H.Y.D.E Out Teen Center at Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive
Every Friday night in October, The H.Y.D.E. Out will feature a different scary movie for local teens to enjoy. Bring money for the snack bar, hang out with new and old friends, and watch frightening movies! All movies are rated PG-13. 
October 7th: World War Z
October 14th: Prom Night
October 21st: White Noise
October 28th: I Am Legend

Decorative Succulent Pumpkins Class - Tuesday, October 18th, 6 - 8 p.m.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive
These fabulous decorative succulent pumpkins make perfect Thanksgiving centerpieces, holiday gifts, and office decorations. You will get hands-on experience designing with succulents and learn the secrets of growing these plants. The succulents can be planted outdoors in the ground or in your favorite pots and enjoyed for years. The cost is $60, which includes materials. Students will go home with their own decorative succulent pumpkins they made in class. Learn More

Teen Before Halloween - Friday, October 28th, 7 - 10 p.m. 
The H.Y.D.E Out Teen Center at Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive
Come for a fun and safe pre-Halloween party with games, fun, prizes, and a costume contest. One lucky guest will win a free The H.Y.D.E. Out membership! Snack and beverages will be provided. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members, and ages 11 - 17 are invited.

Halloween at Hagan - Saturday, October 29th, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive
Enjoy a night of Halloween fun with games, activities, a maze, haunted room, prizes, and much more! Meet local groups at the trunk or treat area - a safe and fun way for kiddos to trick or treat around a group of decorated cars. Admission is $2 per person and children ages 2 and under are free.

Trick-or-Treat - Monday, October 31st, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sacramento Children's Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive
Happy Halloween! The Sacramento Children's Museum will be open on Halloween from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and will feature 10 treat stations, a costume parade at 11 a.m., hands-on activities, and museum play! Admission is FREE with donation of a children's book and costumes are encouraged!

Heartstoppers Haunted House, a local Halloween destination that featured a spooky spectacle every day in October, has teamed up and moved locations. Visit the new DireWorld Scare Park in Roseville - a terrifyingly twisted haunted theme park! Head over to 800 All America City Boulevard in Roseville and survive seven menacing attractions, all packed with hordes of terrifying creatures.
Off the Grid Food Truck Lunch - every Thursday this year
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Every Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.,  Off the Grid Sacramento is bringing a pop-up food market with rotating local food trucks to our City. Come enjoy a weekly lunch with us at City Hall! From gyros to burgers to lobster rolls, they've got you covered. Print this flyer and bring it to the food truck event for a chance to win free lunch for you and a friend.

Sacramento SPCA Closed on Friday, October 7th & Saturday, October 8th
Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin Perkins Road
The Sacramento SPCA, our local animal shelter, will be hosting their annual Black & White Fur Ball event on Saturday, October 8th at their 6201 Florin Perkins Road location. In preparation for their event, the Animal Receiving unit will be closed both on Friday, October 7th and on Saturday, October 8th. The shelter will resume regular hours on Sunday, October 9th at 11 a.m. For more information about the Black and White Fur Ball, click here.

Festival of Flowers - Saturday, October 8th, 2 p.m.
Navigator Elementary School, 10679 Bear Hollow Drive
The Sacramento Telangana Association - a local non-profit that was formed to represent the culture of India's newest state - is holding a Festival of Flowers! This festival is considered a symbol of the state of Telangana's cultural identity and is celebrated all over the world. Come enjoy a free authentic dinner, raffle prizes, and kolatam - a vibrant stick dance performance. Admission is free! Learn More
Artist Reception: The Fall Show - Thursday, October 13th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
The Fall Show will run from October 2nd through January 6th. The guest juror is Robyn Slakey.  Join us for the Artist Reception when The Fall Show will be unveiled. Meet the artists and enjoy music by the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra ensembles and complimentary refreshments. Contact the Cordova Community Council at (916) 273-5704 for more information.

Rancho Cordova Mayor's Walk - Saturday, October 15th, 8:30 a.m.
Cordova Villa Elementary School, 10359 South White Rock Road
Join us to have a one-on-one conversation with Mayor David Sander. Get some exercise, talk about upcoming projects, ask questions, learn about the neighborhood, and meet your neighbors! The event kicks off with refreshments at 8:30 a.m., and the one-mile walk begins at 9 a.m.

Whole Lotta Brews - Saturday, October 15th, 6 - 9 p.m.
Palladio at Broadstone in Folsom
Come out and drink beer for a good cause! This event is a fundraiser for the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership in Rancho Cordova - an organization that provides a variety of services aimed at reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect, as well as breaking generational cycles of poverty. Whole Lotta Brews is the premier beer tasting event in Folsom, and guests will enjoy an evening of unlimited craft beer samplings from all around the region. You can also enjoy gourmet food tastings from local restaurants, caterers and food vendors. Learn More

City Council Regular Meeting - Monday, October 17th, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

Blight Busters Plus Community Meeting - Wednesday, October 19th, 6 p.m.
Sunrise Elementary School, 11821 Cobble Brook Drive
The City of Rancho Cordova is holding a series of community meetings to update you on our new program - Blight Busters Plus!   As part of the program, our team will help identify ways to beautify and improve safety in your area. Come on out to partner with us to improve the quality of life in our city, and enjoy some food catered by Pocket Deli. Learn More

"Expressions of Change" Concert - Saturday, October 22nd, 4 p.m.
River City Christian Church, 10933 Progress Court
The Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra performs classics by Faure, Mendelssohn, and Strauss during "Expressions of Change."  Admission is free of charge and the music is priceless as this talented group of musicians perform an outstanding concert under the direction of Conductor Pete Nowlen. String bass soloist Sean Metcalfe is featured.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

State of the City - Thursday, November 10th, 7 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Mayor David Sander will take the podium to deliver the annual "State of the City Address" next month.  This year's event explores the meaning of home in Rancho Cordova and will feature information booths focusing on various programs in Rancho Cordova. Cordova High School students will perform and volunteer at the event.

Veterans Day - Friday, November 11th, 9:30 a.m.
Memorial Plaza at Sacramento VA Medical Center, 10535 Hospital Way
Join us for the 11th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. This year we honor the U.S. Naval Construction Force (Seabees) with the theme of "We Build - We Fight." Pre-program entertainment begins at 9:30 a.m. and the commemoration begins at 10 a.m.  View our flyer for more information.

Christmas Tree Lighting - Sunday, November 27th, 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive
There is magic and snow in the air when the Cordova Community Christmas Tree is lit! Let's kick off the holiday season in Rancho Cordova at Village Green Park. Join us for an evening  of lights, holiday music and performances, amusements, train rides, and a chance to talk to Santa Claus at one of Rancho Cordova's most beautiful special events. Admission is free. We'll see you there!

Holiday Craft Boutique - Thursday, November 17th, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Get a creative jump on your holiday shopping this year! Check out Rancho Cordova's local crafters, artists, and vendors at the second annual Holiday Craft Boutique! Discover unique gifts and specialty items you won't find in stores for your loved ones this year. Stay tuned for more information.

Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein recently partnered with Rancho Cordova-based VSP Vision Care to lead a fashion design workshop at Cordova High School. The group met with a mix of business, fashion, art, and IB students to engage them in brainstorming activities intended to stretch their creative thinking and potentially provide Cauley-Stein with some ideas for his new fashion line. 

Ryan Scott, the lead instructor of the Business-Technology Academy at Cordova High School was the liaison between VSP and Cordova High School and brought the program to his students. 
"VSP's collaboration with Cordova High really is going to give students an example of what life is like beyond the walls of campus. They're able to see how business works and are able to look at different opportunities," Scott said.

Click here to learn more.



We always love hearing from our residents! Let us know how you're  getting a FRESH TAKE on Rancho Cordova today!

 by October 17, 2016

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